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  • Taking Stock & New Beginnings

    October has always been an important month for me, which I guess would make most people assume it’s my birth month, but it’s not. It became a strange life marker ten years and two weeks ago, when I got on a plane at DFW airport bound for San Francisco, where I met up with my friend Mags to wait for our flight to Incheon International Airport. It was an empty flight, and as always with flights, it had that weird air of in-between — existing temporarily between places and times. The feeling was exaggerated by the out-of-body experience that is leaving your home country to live and work in a foreign place that you’ve never been to before, where you don’t speak the language and know little about the culture. Moving into an unknown new apartment, starting a new job.


  • Why Are There No Trash Cans in Korea?

    If you've recently visited Korea, what did you think about finding a trash can? Having lived in Korea previously, I know where to look, but any visitor to Korea could go days without being able to locate a single public trash can.

    So I wanted to know why there weren't any public trash cans in Korea, and asked Koreans on the street.

    For anyone visiting Korea, my recommended place for finding trash cans is inside major subway stations. You can sometimes find large trash cans just like in the US (throw everything in just one place), but they're not common still. Also subway bathrooms will often have small trash cans at the entrances where you can throw away trash. Convenience stores also have trash cans for paying customers so you can sit and enjoy their food, and throw away your trash before leaving. But these locations are only for small amounts of trash. For anything larger... good luck!


  • LTW: Chicken franchise under fire over violence against employees

     

    Korea's No.1 chicken franchise Kyochon became a target of public anger after CCTV footage of a senior executive attempting to smash employees was released on Oct 25. In the footage recorded at a Kyochon restaurant in Daegu in Mar, 2015, the executive is seen poised to punch an employee in the face, raising his fist in a threatening gesture, but was stopped by other employee. He was also seen lifting his hands against other employees who were trying to calm him down as he irately threw over food ingredients.


  • How To Say ‘Vacation’ In Korean

    It’s time for vacation! Isn’t it just the best time of the year?! It sure is for us! Thus, it’s only right that the next lesson we take upon is how to say vacation in Korean. Do you have any guesses on what it may be? Or are you entering this lesson completely new to how to say vacation in Korean? Whichever category you fall into, you’ll come out of this lesson having learned and memorized a new word! Let’s get on with it!

     

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  • Korean FAQ – 안 vs 못 | Negative Verbs

    I've often heard 안 and 못 misused by Korean learners - especially 안. And while it's simple to just say "안 means doesn't and 못 means can't" this explanation doesn't fully cover why people make this error to begin with. I'll also talk about how to use each one, as well as what Pure Korean verbs are.

    Feel free to leave your own suggestions for future Korean FAQ videos or any new video here or in the video's comment section.

    The post Korean FAQ – 안 vs 못 | Negative Verbs appeared first on Learn Korean with GO! Billy Korean.


  • Getting Around in Korea

    Whether you are in Korea just to visit or living here, knowing how to get around is very important. Not just how to get around within the borders of the big cities like Seoul and Busan, but also how to get from Seoul to Busan, and vice versa, or how to get to the more remote areas. And not only that, but you’ll also want to have the knowledge of how to adjust your Korea travel during the peak seasons, which are usually the biggest national holidays.


  • Korean VR Cafes (feat. Jinyoung)

    VR cafes are a new trend in Korea from a year or so ago, and this summer I really saw a lot of places while traveling around. "Cafes" are everywhere in Korea, and there are various kinds from pet cafes where you can have a cup of coffee together with animals (cats, dogs, raccoons, etc.), book cafes where you can read while drinking something, and VR cafes where you can play virtual reality games - from normal virtual reality games to games that require special equipment and facilities. And because there are plenty of companies currently running VR cafes in Korea, you don't have to travel to one specific location or city to visit one.

    Overall, it's quite expensive to visit a VR cafe. Think of it like visiting a theme park, minus the expensive food. But if you're able to, it was a unique experience I haven't found anywhere else.


  • How To Say ‘Queen’ In Korean

    Do you think it’s the king that holds the highest title? Perhaps the king should step aside and let that rightful position be held by the queen. After all, the Queen of England is one of the most famous royalty in the world.

    Today’s quick and fun lesson will cover how to say queen in Korean. Are you ready to get to it? Let’s go!

     

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  • Geumryunsa Temple – 금륜사 (Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do)

  • Korean FAQ – The Best Way to Practice Korean by Yourself

    How are you practicing Korean? What are some of your methods, and how often do you practice?

    There might be a better way to practice Korean. I'll cover in this video some of my personal tips for practicing Korean alone - without a pen pal. I'll also talk about whether you should or shouldn't be practicing Korean by yourself. Sometimes it's best not to, and I'll give reasons why.

    The post Korean FAQ – The Best Way to Practice Korean by Yourself appeared first on Learn Korean with GO! Billy Korean.


  • Work in Korea for Foreigners

    While most foreigners first come to Korea as students – international, exchange, or language – the amount of foreigners coming to work in Korea has also been on the rise in the past couple of years. And a good majority of the foreigners working in Korea are indeed working as native English teachers. But what about those coming from countries that speak a different language than English? Is it possible for them to work in Korea as well?

    Although getting the job may not be as easy as it is for an English teacher, it is still possible. In this article, we’ll go into more detail about work in Korea for foreigners. However, do bear in mind that there is no one single way for you to land a job in this country. Also note that not every method will work for everyone.

     


  • A Korean Deal Based on Flattering Trump as a Useful Idiot will Not Hold



     

    This is a local re-post of a piece I wrote for the Lowy Institute a few weeks ago.

    Basically I wrote this in disgust at how Trump is falling all over himself about Kim Jong Un. I do not oppose a deal with North Korea, as my critics keep saying. Rather, I deeply distrust Trump’s motives. He isn’t doing this for peace in Korea or because he cares about the US position in Asia or the well-being of people out here. In fact, he’s not even doing it for the American national interest. He’s doing it because the leaders of North and South Korea are flattering him.


  • Koreans Talk About Korea’s Work Culture

    Something you'll hear a lot about if you live in Korea is the work culture. Perhaps your friends often stay out late at company dinners, drinking at multiple places until the sun comes up. Or maybe you've heard someone complain about the way their boss treats them, and being unable to do anything about it. One thing's for certain - Koreans work hard and for long hours. There are many pros and cons to working in Korea, so I wanted to know what some of the most common ones were. This year in Korea I asked Koreans on the streets what they thought about work culture, and what they would change.

    Do you have any experience working in South Korea? What are your thoughts on its pros and cons? Let me know in the comments here or on the video.


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  • How To Say ‘King’ In Korean

    Around the world, many different types of governments and rulers exist. Most countries have a president while others have a prime minister in charge. Many countries with prime ministers in charge have royal families. Kings and emperors, in highly respected positions, even if they carry no real power. People seem to hold particular interest towards kings, queens, princes, and princesses of the world.

    So today, the new word we will learn is related to this royal topic as well. Indeed, today we will learn how to say ‘king’ in Korean! Now let’s get to learning some royal vocabulary!

     

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